Filmmaker James Allen Smith spent much of his childhood in Germany; his parents met while they were both serving in the military in the 1960s, and he lived the nomadic life of an Army Brat, rarely settling in one place for very long. While his older brother followed his parents example and joined the Navy, James pursued a career in the arts, and as he grew older he came to realize how little he really knew about his family. As Jim and Virginia Smith grew older and their health began to fail, James came back into their life, and as he began spending more time at the decaying home they shared in rural Massachusetts, he began to understand for the first time just how unusual his family was, and why they had so much trouble communicating with one another. James's efforts to connect with his parents and older brother turned into a series of interviews that evolved into the documentary My Name Is Smith, in which James and his relatives finally clear out the skeletons that have been hanging in their closets all their lives. My Name Is Smith received its world premiere at the 2010 Austin Film Festival.
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